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Parish History Notes 23: The Boys of Hanover Academy

Lewis Minor Coleman founded Hanover Academy in 1850 but left the area in 1859 to become Chair of the Latin Department at the University of Virginia. Upon Coleman’s departure, Hilary Pollard Jones became headmaster. Through his marriage to Claudia Marshall, the granddaughter of Chief Justice John Marshall, Jones became a member of the Episcopal Church.  Jones treated his students like members of the family. He dined with them and they even shared his tobacco. In his school “there were two rules: ‘Be a gentleman’ and ‘Know your lessons.’”

The boys of the Academy are said to have assembled and marched to Fork Church every Sunday. They sat in the rear on the right side of the isle, and their initials, as well as carvings of images of bottles and hands of cards, are still visible on the pews in that area of the church.  Anne Macdonald always denied that “HH” bore any relation to her father, Heyward Hunter, who graduated from the Academy with its final class in 1889.